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Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 10, 2012 2:29 PM

I have 4 iTunes Libraries on ext. drives

- need to find the latest one with all my music on it.  Have tried numerous things with no luck.  Is there an easy way to do it?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 3:13 PM (in response to Kiddo)

    connect the drive  try a spotlight search of that disk, try tying a song that you know is only on that disc, and spoth light might give you the path

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 4:04 PM (in response to Kiddo)

    Hold down the option key while starting iTunes. Guid it to a library and let it tart.  See if that's the one you want, if not, quit ittunes and repeat search.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to Kiddo)

    I don't see the messages.

  • sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to Kiddo)

    I don't do this often, but wife is very disorganized with multiple HD's, I'm sure there are a few other ways to do this, but what i do is plud in the drive, highlight it let it index, then type in what she thinks tne file is she is looking for, it usually takes me to that place on the drive so I can find what she is looking for rapidly.

    I wish she would keep things in some kind of order, but I found it to be easier than hunting thru the drives. If it is not that drive I grab another of her drives and do it again, till I find it let her grab it to a stick, then she's on her way.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Mar 12, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to Kiddo)

    Is there anything out of context that we should know about such as you re-installing the operating system?  One of the reasons a library cannot be opened is because it really was used by a newer iTunes version and re-installing an OS can revert to an older iTunes.

     

    You can try getting the old one back by importing the .xnl version of the library file into a blank library.  It isn't the most elegant solution.

     

    You might want to read up a bit on how iTunes works and the structure of files it uses.

     

    What are the iTunes library files? - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660

     

    More on iTunes library files and what they do - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes#Media_management

     

    iTunes 9: Understanding iTunes Media Organization - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3847

     

    Image of iTunes folder structure Dec. 2011 - https://discussions.apple.com/message/16923545

    see also:

    Image of folder structure and explanation of different iTunes versions (turingtest2 post) - https://discussions.apple.com/message/13025536

     

    What are all those iTunes files? - http://www.macworld.com/article/139974/2009/04/itunes_files.html

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Mar 12, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to Kiddo)

    iTunes: How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1451

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